Agentic state and legitimacy of authority

Agentic state
Person sees himself or herself as an agent for carrying out another persons wishes.
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Agentic shift
Involves moving from an autonomous state into an agentic state in which a person sees himself or herself as an agent for carrying out another persons wishes.
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Autonomous state
Person sees himself or herself as responsible for their own actions.
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Self-image
One reason people adopt an agentic state, need to maintain positive self-image. However once participant has moved into the agentic state, no longer relative because action is no longer their responsibility, it no longer reflects their self-image.
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Binding factors
Operate to maintain obedience. e.g. social etiquette.
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Legitimacy of authority
First condition needed for a person to shift to the agentic state is the perception of legitimate authority.
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Legitimate authority
Someone perceived to be in a position of social control within a situation. People accept definitions of a situation offered by a legitimate authority figure. Legitimate commands arise from institutions e.g. university or the military.
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Evaluation
Agentic state does not explain gradual shift found in Nazi doctors. Agentic state or cruelty? Legitimacy can serve the basis for justifying the harming of others. Agentic shift is common response when a person loses self-control.
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Involves moving from an autonomous state into an agentic state in which a person sees himself or herself as an agent for carrying out another persons wishes.

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